By Kansas Pregame
Posted: May 11, 2012 - 1:05 AM
Kansas Pregame publisher John Baetz is encouraging coaches to submit their team's questionnaire by May 18, 2012, in an effort to make the 2012 version of Kansas Pregame the most complete and accurate preseason high school football magazine the state of Kansas has ever seen.
To complete the questionnaire online go to http://kpreps.com/team_form.php or, request a word document or PDF by e-mailing editor Melanie McGee at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the past six seasons Kansas Pregame Football Magazine has grown to cover most of the state's high school and college football programs with previews, rankings, photos, schedules, and features in a 100 plus page full color glossy magazine distributed free through hundreds of advertisers across Kansas.
"I'm very proud of what we've been able to accomplish over the last six years," Baetz said. "We've grown the magazine from covering around 100 high schools in mostly western Kansas to covering nearly every high school in every classification and every college program in the state."
The content on the magazine is based largely on questionnaires submitted by the head coaches of the football programs from across the state and the deadline to submit questionnaires is fast approaching. McGee has been working hard to compile questionnaires for several weeks now and the total received from coaches is now well over 100.
"As a long time high school football coach in Kansas, as well as a journalist, it's very important to me to make sure that the content of the product is taken directly from information provided by each coach," Baetz said. "I know how busy coaches are at this time of year, but taking time to fill out the questionnaire completely will help us provide a magazine the players, parents and fans can call their own."
According to Baetz, the teams featured in Kansas Pregame either have questionnaires submitted from their coach by the deadline, or, they have sponsors for their team story and additional calls are made to ensure the coach submits a questionnaire to create a capsule.
"We have limited resources so at some point during the summer we have to make a decision and say, 'Okay, these teams have sponsors so we'll keep calling on the coach to submit a questionnaire' and teams that don't have sponsors are generally removed from the list because it requires revenue to pay for writers to keep calling coaches," Baetz noted. "I would love to have every team in the state in the magazine every year, but at some point we just have to move into production mode and start writing the stories and laying out the magazine."
But Baetz said coaches can help ensure their team story is in the magazine by meeting the deadline for questionnaires and/or helping Kansas Pregame find sponsors for the team.
"I know everyone has their hand out from the yearbook to the booster club to local charities, but the cost of producing this high quality product is ever increasing and to keep it free in the communities of Kansas we must have sponsorship," Baetz said. "Anyone can be a sponsor. Local businesses, churches, grandpa and grandma...anyone who wants to see free copies in their community."
Sponsor suggestions can be e-mailed to Baetz at email@example.com. Baetz added that sponsorships are a great advertising tool and drive foot traffic in the door of local businesses and are very affordable compared to other similar quality publications.
"I will include any team in the publication that provides a questionnaire by deadline, sponsor or not, but, I sincerely appreciate sponsorship suggestions and I think most sponsors are pleased once they sign up," Baetz said. "I love high school football and am very proud of my Kansas roots. Ultimately my motives are to promote a sport I care about and make sure that kids from 6A all they way down to 8-Man II get the opportunity to read about their team and their opponents in a quality publication."
"Thank you to the coaches, athletic directors, parents and sponsors. Frankly, none of this would be possible without your efforts."
Current list of schools with submitted questionnaires:
Blue Valley NW
Blue Valley Southwest
Effingham – Atchison County
LaCygne – Prairie View
Lenexa-St. James Academy
Marais Des Cygnes Valley
Sharon Springs-Wallace County
Shawnee Mission Bishop Meige
Shawnee Mission South
Shawnee Mission West
St. George-Rock Creek